Emergency Responders Honored at Auburn’s Sept. 11 Service of Remembrance
Auburn area residents, as well as millions across the United States, gathered Sunday, Sept. 11, to remember the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
The Auburn service, at Legion Memorial Park, began at 7:46 a.m., the time when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center.
Six Auburn Volunteer Fire Department members were recognized. Mayor Scott Kudrna presented plaques to those who went to Ground Zero shortly after the national tragedy to assist in the recovery effort.
“We thought that it was important to show gratitude to those who assisted in the recovery effort,” Kudrna said.
Those recognized were: Gerrad Edwards, Russ Koerner, Brian McConnaughey, Jim North, Dale Thomas and Jay VonBergen. Other emergency responders also attended the remembrance.
Pastor Corey Miller of Auburn Christian Church read from Psalms 9-10. He said that the scriptures were appropriate for where Americans are today.
The first half of the scriptures indicated that justice and judgment belonged to God, not man, Miller said.
“We’re seeking your justice, and we’re leaving judgment to your mind and to your hands. We rely on your grace, power and mercy to raise us up out of the ashes. We grieve as people of hope so that every promise will prevail,” he said.
“We’re grateful for the chance to gather in freedom and to honor the men and women who have lost so much over the last 10 years. We’re thankful for those who surrender themselves to seek and pursue vigilant sacrifice for our freedom,” Miller said.
Members of American Legion Post No. 23, Auburn, advanced and retired the colors. Katy Billings sang the National Anthem. All said the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Dave Fletcher played Taps to conclude the service.
Later on Sept. 11, Peru State College’s (PSC) student clubs and organizations observed the 10th anniversary with a program on campus.